Martyrs' Day is commemorated every year on June 3, in remembrance of the young Christian converts who refused to denounce their newly found religion between 1885 and 1887 to the annoyance of the then Kabaka Mwanga II of Buganda. He ordered that they are burnt to death.
The Entebbe Warehouse has 8,000 pallets, space for the stock, while the new warehouse will have 30,000 pallet positions. The cold chain unit at the new warehouse will also be five times bigger than the one at Entebbe. The cold chain unit is where vaccines are kept.
Over ten large tents provided for the celebrations filled to capacity. Many celebrants had to brave the scorching sun during the colourful event that went on until 7 PM. The day was marked with cultural and traditional performances and speeches.
The Constitution provides that Members of Parliament elect to take and subscribe to the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Members of Parliament. It further provides that except for purposes of taking the oaths, no person shall sit or vote in Parliament before taking and subscribing to the oaths.
It was a colourful affair as the second batch of Members of the 11th Parliament took their oaths on Tuesday. These brought the total of the already sworn in MPs to 265 MPs after another 134 were sworn in on Monday.
So far, the pavement layer is almost completed with a small section left. The layer has been marked to enable taxis to park in an orderly manner. There are streets lights installed and steps constructed to ease the entry of passengers into the Park.
Every person elected to parliament takes the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Member of Parliament before they officially start their five-year term of office. The ceremony, which is following the alphabetical order of names of each legislator, will see 132 members take oath today, according to a programme issued by Parliament’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Helen Kawesa.
The Presidents included Salva Kiir of South Sudan, Ethiopia’s Sahle Worke Zewde and Alpha Conde of Guinea. Others were Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi, and Hage Geingob of Namibia. The Presidents were received by ministers, officials from foreign affairs at Entebbe International Airport.
Key among the celebrants at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe included the Nnabagereka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda, the Speaker of the Buganda Lukiiko, Patrick Luwagga Mugumbule and Rubaga Division Mayor, Joyce Nabbosa Ssebuggwawo.
The leaders including the Church of Uganda –COU Archbishop Dr. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira and others observed the Good Friday ritual at St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe.
Over 50 members attended the AGM physically while over 200 others followed the proceeding online with the Standard Operating Procedures- SOPs issued by the Health Ministry to curtail the spread of coronavirus.
In Kampala, the rain started as early as 5: 00 am and went on for several hours. It was a nightmare for candidates in the day section with many arriving awfully wet and shivering from coldness. Even after arriving at school, the candidates remained in the cold as they were seen on verandahs as they could not be allowed to access the classes before being checked.